Photo edited by me || images from Madewell Denim Bar
I know I rambled on about denim once already [x] in pt. one, but it's something I still can elaborate on more [and probably again, but I will leave it to only twice to this extent of detail]. Truth be told that denim, as a fabric, comes in a number of forms of garments. Jeans being the upmost common, but I still feel other garments made of the fabric are something of substance. Other than jeans I really love a good denim shirt- granted I am picky, I feel they can easily look a bit too 'western' for my taste. But that's just my preference; I prefer my denim shirts and button-downs to look more classic, than that of a western influence. Madewell, a company originally known for its denim [being a strong denim company before being bought by the J.Crew; which I won't get into, but the company certainly tries to stick to that heritage- which is notable and great.] makes lovely denim shirts along with jeans. I have tried them on and inspected them in the stores and they are of great quality. But, as shown bellow, I have three denim shirts already and am not in need of another anytime soon. I do love the top right shirt from Madewell- the mix of the two washes; as well as the top left featuring the drastic hem difference. I have a large amount of lightweight denim fabric I have yet to use, which my grandmother gave me a few years ago, that I have contemplated making into a number of things. But I love the idea of combining the two different shades. The fabric I have actually has two sides; the right side being a medium wash denim and the wrong side being a stripe, a combination of the wash from the right side and a darker shade. I think the contrast of the right and wrong side would be very interesting mixed in a shirt.
Bellow are my three denim and chambray shirts, the colors are what they are thanks to the fact that all my photos are taken with an iPhone. The lighter wash J.Crew shirt is my newest- and is just a pop-over, it doesn't fully button down. Which is a detail I love, it give the shirt enough of a difference that I don't feel as silly owning three. Also bellow is my denim jacket, one of my favorite garments all my life: denim jackets. I've worn them for years and years [again, I was a child of the 90's] in different fits and washes. The one bellow I bought maybe four years ago from Old Navy, and it has served me well [still is!], I wear it year-round. It's a great classic layering piece; over basic black turtlenecks, button-downs, tee-shirts, sweaters, even dresses. It drives a good friend of mine crazy, but I love to wear my denim jacket with my occasion dresses. Think Jenna Lyon's at last year's MET gala. It goes into my whole clashing the casual with the formal that has been prominent in my style for year and years [I made a strong case to wear my Cross Country sweatshirt over my homecoming dress my Freshman Year of HS, as my jacket for the evening...]. But we'll leave it at that, and it can be a post for another time.
01. J.Crew Factory Popover || 02. H&M Men's
03. J.Crew Factory || 04. Old Navy
I wish I could have taken better pictures of the wear on my denim jacket, then again I take all my pictures with my iPhone... sooo here we are! I mentioned in my last denim post how the fabric has character that builds over time, which is one of the qualities I love about it so much. My denim jacket is a prime example. I've had it for a number of years and it shows all the great worn in, fading marks that form over the years; worn elbows, worn creases along the inside elbow bend, fraying threads along hem, cuffs and collar. I can't wait to see what it looks like after another four years of wear...
Have I bored you to tear about my denim ramblings...?
Maybe I should be looking for design jobs dealing with denim.